I Didn’t Know Earth Could Do That. Here Are 30 Photos Of Nature At Its Finest.

Let’s face it, Earth rules. We’ve got all the ingredients for life, plus a great spot right near the sun (but not too close). What more could you ask of a planet? How about some of the best nature this side of the Milky Way? Yep we’ve got that too. Here are 30 photos showing mother nature here on Earth at her finest.

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If You Had These Tents, Camping Might Actually Be Fun. Just Maybe.

Camping can be fun, but it can also be the worst. It doesn’t matter how great something is, if it involves bugs, bears, and other things you wouldn’t want tearing into your skin, the potential for it to become a disaster is high.

With these tents, that potential is still there, but at least you’re putting your comfort in danger in style. Some of these are more elaborate than others, but they’re all extremely cool. If you don’t want to go camping in these, you’re crazy (or have access to a bed that’s surrounded by four walls and covered by a roof). Check them out!

1.) Opera House Camper Tent

This camper tent pops open to look like the world-famous Sydney Opera House.

2.) Treepee

A teepee you can hang from a tree. It’s everything you want from a tree house without any of the having to build it.

3.) Nyamuk Tent

All the protection of a tent meets all of the laid-back chillness of a hammock.

4.) Two-Second Tent

Maybe sleeping in a tent wouldn’t be so bad if it didn’t take so long to set up. Eh, nope, still bad.

5.) Kayak Tent

It’s no arc, but it’ll do in a flood.

6.) Solar Tent

This tent absorbs sunlight during the daytime so it can illuminate the nighttime. Never get lost on your way back from peeing in the bushes again.

7.) Transparent Bubble Tent

As easy as the assembly may be, it’s even easier to be seen in your underpants.

8.) Indoor Tent

Who needs the outdoors anyway?

9.) Tetra Shed

Sturdier than most tents, but a little bit more difficult to move around, the Tetra Shed is a good option if you’re really looking for protection from the elements.

10.) Watermelon Tent

Sweet! Camping has never been this refreshing.

11.) JakPak

A tent that you can wear as a jacket. Finally, camping is fashionable again!

12.) Raindrop Tent

Find out what it’s like to sleep in a raindrop or, more accurately, a meringue cookie.

13.) Car Tent

With this tent, all you need to find is a parking space and you have a place to sleep in any city. Good luck.

14.) Lace Tent

While this looks beautiful, you’d better hope it doesn’t rain while you’re in there.

15.) Action Tent

Camping can be a lonely experience, but other campers and bears don’t have to know that.

(via Oddee, BuzzFeed)

Whether or not you enjoy camping, there’s one thing we can all agree on: it sure is in-tents.

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Experience A Complete Panorama Of The Sky, All From Inside A Plane.

If flying makes you nervous, you might want to avoid booking a ticket on this brand-new plane concept. The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), based in the U.K., has developed a concept to replace the traditional, porthole-like windows on plane fuselages with flexible HD panels that can display panoramas of the sky as the plane flies. 

CPI

The views would be fed via externally mounted cameras on the plane, allowing passengers to experience in real time the open sky around them. It images will be projected in 150dpi color on OLED screens, which would feature a protective layer for durability. Besides being beautiful and breathtaking (or terrifying, if you have a thing about heights), CPI also notes that the differences in light may help travelers adjust better to time zone changes and reduce the feeling of jet lag.

The panorama would reflect the sky during the flight, so night flights would be dark, and the lighting in the cabin would respond to the light in the sky in real time, helping people adjust to time-zone changes. CPI The panorama would reflect the sky during the flight, so night flights would be dark, and the lighting in the cabin would respond to the light in the sky in real time, helping people adjust to time-zone changes.

In addition, the walls of the windowless planes could be thinner and lighter than current plane walls, while also being stronger. A weight decrease would mean less fuel would be needed, cutting down on carbon dioxide emissions, and thinner walls would mean a little more room in the cabin. This is all still in its conceptual phase, but should it become reality, it could mean a new era in air travel. 

The seat backs could be used for personalized entertainment, or they could blend into the surrounding panorama. CPI The seat backs could be used for personalized entertainment, or they could blend into the surrounding panorama. Passengers could also use the display screens for information and to contact the flight crew. CPI Passengers could also use the display screens for information and to contact the flight crew.

Not only will the OLED panels be integrated into the walls, but into the backs of seats we well, so passengers can take in the view if they choose, or they can select their own entertainment. In addition, touch screens could provide passengers with information and in-flight services.

Panorama and cloud enthusiasts, as well as those without fear of heights or flying might leap at the chance to get a little closer to actual flying. Those who are a little more apprehensive around planes? Maybe not so much. While it might be a good way to get people excited about flying, they might have to factor in a separate, enclosed area for those who would rather not see the planet from 30,000 feet. 

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These Commonly Held Beliefs Are Just Straight Up Wrong.

We know a lot about the world nowadays. But how many things have we been told that we don’t question? (Answer: Lots.)

Luckily for us, some people questioned some of the world’s most commonly held beliefs. The found out these facts were simply and categorically wrong. There is either no evidence to support them or they have been proven false. So, the next time someone tells you these things, tell them they are wrong and to read a book.

1.) Columbus never reached any of the areas now known as The United States of America. He mainly visited the Caribbean Islands, which are their own independent countries.

2.) Waking a sleepwalker will not cause them any harm. They may wake up confused, but it actually is more dangerous to leave them sleepwalking, where they can trip and fall over something.

3.) Houseflies actually have a lifespan of 20-30 days and not 24 hours.

4.) George Washington did not have wooden teeth. His dentures were made of gold, hippopotamus ivory, lead, animal teeth (including horse and donkey teeth), and probably human teeth from slaves.

5.) Goldfish have memories much longer than a few seconds, some have memories that last months.

6.) Bats are not blind. While majority of bats use echolocation to navigate themselves, they all have eyes and have sight.

7.) Eating less than an hour before swimming does not increase the risk of experiencing muscle cramps or drowning.

8.) The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence did not occur on July 4, 1776. The final language of the document was approved by the Second Continental Congress on that date and it was printed and distributed on July 4 and 5, but the actual signing occurred on August 2, 1776.

9.) Medieval Europeans did not believe Earth was flat; in fact, from the time of the ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle on, belief in a spherical Earth remained almost universal among European intellectuals. As a result, Christopher Columbus’s efforts to obtain support for his voyages were hampered not by belief in a flat Earth but by correct worries that the East Indies were farther than he realized.

10.) Eggs can actually be balanced on any day of the year, not just the equinoxes.

11.) The Great Wall of China is actually very hard to see from space. Shuttle astronaut Jay Apt has been quoted as saying that “the Great Wall is almost invisible from only 180 miles up.

12.) Fortune cookies actually were invented in and came to the U.S. from Japan, not China.

13.) There is no evidence that vikings wore horns on their helmets.

14.) Women accused of being witches in the Salem Witch Trials were never burned at the stake. They either received life in prison or were hanged.

15.) The architectural feature called a vomitorium was the entranceway through which crowds entered and exited a stadium, not a special room used for purging food during meals.

16.) When Orson Welles read The War Of The Worlds over the radio, there was no widespread panic. Relatively few people were even listening to the broadcast. Newspapers reported that it cause panic to discredit radio as advertising competition.

 Make sure you know all of these the next time you find yourself in an argument with a cocky smarty pants. You’ll then take the smarty pants crown from them.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/wrong-beliefs/

Humans See a Million Colors, But This Artist Can See (and Uses) 100 Million.

Concetta Antico is an Australian artist with a rare condition known as Tetrachromatism. Most humans have three visual receptors known as cones. These cones allow us to see color in the world around us. Those with Tetrachromatism have a fourth cone that allows them to see up to 100 times more color.

Most people can see about 1 million colors, but Concetta Antico and people like her with Tetrachromatism can see almost 100 million different colors. This unique condition makes Antico’s art all the more extraordinary as she finds different colors in places where most people would assume there are just one.

Meet Concetta Antico. She’s an accomplished Australian artist, but what makes her art unique is a condition she has known as Tetrachromatism.

Tetrachromatism is a condition where the eyes have an extra color receptor.

This means that Antico is able to perceive more colors than the average person.

By her best estimate, Antico says she can see nearly 100 million colors, whereas most humans can only perceive around 1 million.

Her Tetrachromatism gives her work an amazing depth and vibrance.

Antico sees the world in a completely different way than most people. Whereas we might just see green, she sees all the subtleties of color within that green.

Antico also actively collaborates with scientists researching Tetrachromatism to help them gain a better understanding about the condition.

“My world speaks to me very strongly and then I can’t wait to paint it,” said Concetta. “I’ve been told that you see gray, mostly, in a shadow. Well, shadows are fabulous. I see emerald greens, I see magentas, I see lilacs, I see blues.”

I love it when science meets art in such a beautiful way. You can check out more art from Antico on her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Here Is Beautiful Proof That Nature Will Always Try To Reclaim Civilization.

The one thing you have to remember about Mother Nature, is that no matter how much we try to keep her down, she always finds a way to continue. Just as soon as you think civilization has destroyed her, boxed her into a corner, that’s exactly when you let your guard down and come to find she’s back with a vengeance. At least Mother Nature’s vengeance is usually stunningly beautiful.

Nature’s motto should be “you may have won the battle, but I’m here to win the war.”

1.) I.M. Cooling Tower, Belgium.

2.) An abandoned mall in Bangkok is now home to nature’s finest.

3.) Ready to check into this hotel?

4.) Abandoned Train Station In Abkhazia, Georgia.

5.) The Radioactive Ghost City Of Pripyat, Ukraine.

6.) Abandoned Mansion Near Kilgarvan, Ireland.

7.) An abandoned mill in Sorento, Italy.

8.) I never did like Ferris Wheels…

9.) The inner city railway in Paris is abandoned…at least to people.

10.) Hong Kong meets indestructible trees.

11.) Roots over civilization.

12.) Part 2!

13.) Abandoned Fishermen’s Town In Kamchatka, Russia

14.) 160 year old abandoned Paris railway, yup!

15.) This tree on Vashon Island, Washington just ate a bike. Whoa.

16.) These abandoned cars in Belgium are ancient, and valuable.

17.) The Old Piano Tree, California

18.) Abandoned Mining Town, Namibia.

19.) Angkor, Cambodia.

20.) Sydney, Australia’s 102 year old abandoned ship.

(via Bored Panda)

Mother Nature was here long before we came around, and if these photos are any indication, she’ll be around long after we’re gone. Just try and remember that next time you think we humans are all that and a bag of potato chips…

Read more: http://viralnova.com/natures-revenge/

Did You Realize That These Super-Simple Inventions Actually Changed The World?

You might hear “invention” and think of that iconic light-bulb “a-ha” moment (a term that this author feels should go the way of the dodo). After sleepless nights of failure, the tormented genius leaps into activity and has an earth-shattering piece of technology ready for presentation by dawn (and mass production not too far into the future).

As usual, reality is less dramatic. Inventions are not singular events that spring up fully formed on their own. Rather, inventions build upon existing technology, and come about via tweaks, tests, re-tweaks, and re-tests. Technology evolves much like how a species evolves based on its past and present forms. Also, inventions are rarely created by just one person–there’s often a team behind them, and by working together, they’re able to create something new out existing materials.

Here’s a look at ten inventions that seem simple by our standards. We’ve all taken advantage of them at least once, and never thought about how different our lives would be if they were never made.

1.) Plow

We’re starting at the beginning here. The plow, developed in various places around the world about 10,000 years ago, is why humans have settlements. Before this, in the Paleolithic Age, humans traveled around as hunter-gatherers, finding what food they could. The plow made growing, and thus controlling, food supplies easier. Humans began to settle in places that became the cities, civilizations and cultures that we still have today. Everything you know about your history and culture more or less got its start here. We of course have no idea who, or more likely, which culture, developed the plow first due to its age. We do know that the adaptation from hunter-gatherer to farmer was pretty much a worldwide one, so we could attribute this to humanity at large.

2.) Wheel

Like the plow, the wheel is another invention that seems to have sprung up around the world. Some civilizations used them earlier than others, and even civilizations without wheels were capable of achieving pretty awesome things, including the Pyramids, Stonehenge and Machu Picchu. The earliest wheel and axel found dates to around 3100 BCE (about the date of Stonehenge’s construction), and is from near Ljubljana, Slovenia. The wheel allowed people to transport and manipulate large items for construction. It also allowed them to create vehicles which expanded travel and trade, leading to interaction between cultures. New interactions led to the creation of larger nations, which would come a bit later, when people figured out roads. Outside of travel, the wheel is also used in a lot of other technologies, such as water wheels, gears, cranks and pulleys and more.

3.) Printing Press

Most people think of Johann Gutenberg creating the printing press in 1430s Germany, but he only improved on preexisting technology. Block printing existed in China since about the 11th century, and the idea came back to Europe via Marco Polo. Gutenberg decided to incorporate a screw press, usually used for olive oil and wine production, and created more durable metal printing blocks than the wooden ones people were using. He also made advances in ink and paper. The result was that books, and the information within, became more accessible to people. Before, handwritten books were rare and were generally the property of the clergy and the upper class. Now that faster and cheaper production existed, the books could make it to more people. That meant that literacy rates increased and the population in general became more educated.

4.) Refrigeration

Refrigerating food to increase its shelf life is less modern than you thought. In the old days, people used the naturally cooler temperatures of subterranean spaces to store food (think root cellars). When they could, they used ice boxes, (literally boxes with ice in them) to keep things cold. The fridge started off simple, gradually improving for about 200 years. There existed a vapor-compression unit designed but never produced in 1805. The 1876 design by Carl von Linde became the ancestor of the modern fridge. As cooling chemicals became safer by the 1920s, they became a standard fixture in homes. They allowed food items to last longer, which allowed people to eat a more varied and healthier diet of fresh foods. The development of refrigerated trucks also allowed for food to keep fresh during shipping.

5.) Communications

Okay, so “communications” is a pretty broad term, and nowadays encompasses the telephone, radio, internet, and television. But each of these items stem from one device–think of them like related species on a genetic branch. The telegraph, developed by Samuel Morse in 1836 (yes, of Morse code fame), allowed information to travel in relatively short time, but over great distances. Morse’s invention served to connect people and cities to allow the sharing of information, while also required intricate wiring systems. Later, Nikola Tesla and Guglielmo Marconi developed electromagnetic waves used to send information wirelessly. This led to the way information transmits today–in real time, allowing people all over the world to watch events as they unfold.

6.) Steam Engine

Steam power was how the Industrial Revolution, the greatest change in the shortest period of time in the history of human civilization, kicked into full swing. People used steam to power things for thousands of years, but it was fully harnessed first in 1712 by Thomas Newcomen’s creation, a device used to pump water out of mines. James Watt modified Newcomen’s design in 1769 to make it more powerful and practical. Eventually, the bulky engines were small enough to put on trains, and the steam locomotive was born. This allowed the transportation of people and goods across far greater distances, and served to expand industry. The railroads were integral in the expansion of the continental US, shaping it into what it is today. Unfortunately, it contributed to the drastic reduction of Native American culture.

7.) Automobile

Car historians consider Karl Benz’s 1885 Motorwagen to be the first automobile. But it wasn’t until 1904 when Henry Ford made adjustments and came up with serious marketing hooks that the car took off, first in America and soon after in Europe. Cars became popular in an instant, allowing people to instantly travel to places otherwise too far. Towns and cities planned around automobile roads and access. Cars also gave rise to suburbs, more spacious than cities and thus requiring a vehicle. The auto industry created many, many jobs and a lot of money, but has also caused massive amounts of pollution.

8.) Light Bulb

Everyone thinks of Thomas Edison as the sole inventor of the light bulb. Like with everything else on this list, Edison was working with, and improving upon, existing technology. There were already plenty of cheap and efficient gas lights in use during the 1870s, when the electric bulb came into play. Letting people see in the dark without open flames was not the light bulb’s legacy. Rather, it gave way to the electric infrastructure that allowed more homes and businesses to connect to the grid.

9.) Computer

So, what is a computer? It’s a machine that can intake information, manipulate it in some way, and output new information. The computer went through many iterations over the years, and concepts for these machines date back to the 19th century with mathematicians and engineers like Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace. Babbage designed a general-use, mechanical computer, and Lovelace wrote what would have been its first program, as well as the first computer program ever, if Babbage’s machine were ever built. In the early 20th century, Alan Turing developed many ideas that have been influential in computer development. Computers allow users to process vast amounts of information at extreme speed, making large-and small-scale research more accessible than ever. Computers in turn created space travel, medical testing and the mapping of the human genome, and are also used to create art and music.

10.) Internet

The Internet is the logical sum of computers and communications. It is now a staple of everyday life, even though it was only developed in the late 1960s, not widely used until the late 1980s, and not a fixture in every home the way it is now until the 1990s. It’s used for military purposes, medical applications, businesses, and academic research; for news (hello from ViralNova!) and for personal communication. It allows information to spread almost immediately from one corner of the world to another, including communication across oceans. While it’s become a major part of everyone’s life, it’s still a relatively new development for civilization at large, with computer scientists and developers still discovering its far-reaching impacts.

 

Can you imagine your life as it is today without any of these incredible inventions? What do you think will be the next big, civilization-changing breakthrough? It kind of makes you want to tinker with existing tools to find the next big invention…

Via Geniusstuff; images via Thinkstock

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When I Randomly Zoomed In On Google Earth, I Definitely Didn’t Expect This. Neither Did My Heart.

On Google Earth, off the coast of Croatia, lies a little island. If you scroll past the coast of the Adriatic Sea, you’ll come across this strange little place… when we discovered the spot on the map, it was not only cool but incredibly heartwarming.

Check it out.

The Adriatic Sea is located between Italy and Croatia.

If you zoom in…

And keep zooming…

You’ll find a little island named Galesnjak.

What makes this island so special is its shape.

It’s a perfect heart.

The spot is known as Lovers’ Island and is a popular tourist destination.

But something happened to the island that made it look more like Ex-Lovers’ Island.

Two strips of trees were torn down, making it look like the heart was broken, covered in bandages.

Luckily, Galesnjak’s trees are growing back. Two groves of olive trees are filling in the barren landscape. Soon, it’ll be a lovers’ paradise once more. The private island’s owner, Tonci Juresko, is hoping that in the future he can make the deserted paradise a perfect spot for weddings and Valentine’s Day getaways.

The tree re-growth just shows you that even though a lover can scar you, you will heal. At least that’s what I took from it.

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Some Thoughts About Your Own Body That Are Awesome Epiphanies.

Have you ever had a surreal epiphany about the world that makes you realize just how weird everything is? Those are called shower thoughts, and they can change the way you view the world.

These epiphanies are even more powerful and awesome when they’re about the human body. Here are 21 of the best and weirdest realizations about the human body that we could find. Just wait until you get to #12.

1.) That’s one heck of a check engine light.

2.) This one is almost scientific.

3.) It can also turn good beer into bad beer.

4.) You must eat now… or die.

5.) It’s just so hard to read.

6.) Sadly, most of us aren’t that lucky.

7.) This is just a fact of life.

8.) We’re all Jedi masters.

9.) I’m not sure I’d put it that way, but sure, why not?

10.) Then I’m a mature 7-year-old.

11.) Whoa. That’s very true, and I always looks damn good.

12.) Gross.

13.) Technically correct.

14.) That’s certainly one way of putting it.

15.) The wonders of science!

16.) This one actually made me laugh out loud.

17.) Welcome to the arm show.

18.) This just sounds a bit villainous.

19.) Nor shall it ever touch!

20.) I’m not sure I want to meet the guy who needs to wear an “F-Shirt.”

21.) It’s a legitimate question.

(Via: Distractify)

These are messing with my head just a little bit. Did you actually sounded out the word “poop” when you read #12? That’s what I thought…

Read more: http://viralnova.com/body-thoughts/

NASA underwhelms the Internet with new spacesuit suggestions [pics]

http://twitter.com/#!/MikeStaresinic/status/454057685865222144

NASA has come a long way from landing us on the moon, and then making its mission outreach to the Muslim world, but this latest move has bewildered the Internets. The space agency asked Twitter followers to vote on which spacesuit design they liked best:

http://twitter.com/#!/NASA/status/454055947527135232

NASA-spacesuits

The response was not completely positive:

http://twitter.com/#!/justin_CBJ/status/454056414646784001
http://twitter.com/#!/CBJAlex_lax/status/454056179279622144
http://twitter.com/#!/grayj_/status/454059623750709249
http://twitter.com/#!/BenWichman/status/454066258837655552
http://twitter.com/#!/DefendWallSt/status/454113351732572160
http://twitter.com/#!/LadyofStyx/status/454069174940086273

Whoa, they kinda do:

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http://twitter.com/#!/ThatBitchFromNJ/status/454084647014514688
http://twitter.com/#!/SaintRPh/status/454113090921984000
http://twitter.com/#!/dntropy/status/454062189876236288
http://twitter.com/#!/DefendWallSt/status/454112532010401792

These are supposed to replace this spacesuit prototype:

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But wait, doesn’t that just look a little…

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Which Obama administration official should go on NASA’s next manned mission? Hot Air’s Allahpundit called it a long time ago:

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Sigh. We at Twitchy welcome our new zero-gravity Teletubby overlords.

Related:

‘So damned disappointing’: NASA shacks up with White House climate mafia, gets ‘drunk on Marxism’

NASA debunks prank letter regarding ‘breakthrough in awesome space rockets’

NASA needs more ‘thingamajigs,’ resorts to holding bake sales due to Obama funding cuts

NASA’s new mission: debunk Mayan apocalypse theories

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